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Friday 9 December 2016

'This is what misogyny looks like' - Woman speaks out after thug punched her on Dublin street 'for being queer'

Published 07/03/2016 | 14:12

Victoria Curtis posted an image of her face on Facebook following the attack Credit: Victoria Curtis (Facebook)
Victoria Curtis posted an image of her face on Facebook following the attack Credit: Victoria Curtis (Facebook)

A young woman assaulted while walking home on a busy Dublin street has written an emotional response to the man she alleges punched her four times because she’s a lesbian.

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Victoria Curtis (34) was walking home with friends early Sunday morning on Camden Street when the group was approached by a man who she claims begin shouting abuse at them.

Writing on Facebook, Ms Curtis claims she was punched four times by the man after she told him “it wasn’t cool for to tell us to take off our trousers… and show our arses”.

“This is what misogyny looks like. This is what being a faggot looks like,” Ms Curtis posted alongside an image of herself after the alleged assault.

“This is what happens [to] women on Saturday nights walking home with their friends.

“This is what being punched four times in the faces looks like because you're a queer.”

She continued: “This is what happens when we call them out.

“This is what will keep happening if we keep ignoring and accepting their behaviour.

Victoria Curtis' response to her attack
Victoria Curtis' response to her attack

“This is why consent courses are needed in colleges.

“This is Ireland 2016.”

Gardaí confirmed to Independent.ie that they are investigating an assault against a young woman on Camden Street at 2:15 am, and said they were reviewing CCTV footage from the area.

Messages of support for Ms Curtis have flooded in, with Irish author Louise O' Neill writing: “I just saw your FB post. I'm so sorry.”

“Just heard what happened. Furious. Hope you're not to shaken and that the cops get their hands on those ignorant cowards,” tweeted Irish band Le Galaxie.

Responding to messages of support, Ms Curtis wrote that Gardaí acted “brilliantly” when she reported the unprovoked attack.

“Hats off to them,” she said.

Her post clearly resonated with Facebook users, as it has already garnered hundreds of shares.

“Ah Vicky I'm so f**king sorry this happened to you, it just makes me very sad,” wrote one user.

“You are a brave and wonderful human. Hope you are healing well and taking comfort in all the love and support,” said another.

Another Facebook user added: “So sorry this happened. I hope you're okay. Sending love your way xxx hope they catch them.”

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